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Since 2006, we have cupped coffees from more than 50 washing stations in an attempt to pinpoint those with the best practices, cleanest cups, and most high-quality nearby farms. While the logistics of buying coffees from Burundi are extremely challenging, we love the heavy figgy, fruity, and lively coffees we find here—they remind us like a Malbec, with a firm support of acidity.
The Butezi Washing Station is located in the town of Gahombo, in the Kayanza Province of Burundi. More than 2,000 producers deliver cherry for processing here, either directly to the station or to a receiving point about 1.5 kilometers away in Rukago. Farmers here own less than half a hectare of land, on average, and in addition to growing coffee, they also grow crops like bananas, beans, yams, and cassava, both for sale and for household use.